Help us with a few projects and enjoy the frontier experience at our ranch near Raton, USA

  • United States
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  • Last activity: 16/01/2023



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    We are a male couple that lives on a ranch with our dog. The ranch is on the high prairie in the middle of the Clayton-Raton Volcanic Field. This is a dormant area. The volcanoes are numerous and beautiful. It is 25 miles from Raton, New Mexico. We are far away from noise and light pollution, in a very peaceful setting. Although it is remote, we do have excellent internet. It is a 640-acre ranch, and we lease the pastures for cattle grazing. We have free-range chickens, so we are not comfortable with other pets. Being a working ranch, there are always projects and maintenance.

    We previously lived in a university town and rented rooms to international students. We enjoy learning about other cultures and sharing our own. I am from a Hungarian family that moved to the US after WWII, and my husband's family homesteaded this ranch over 100 years ago.

    It is like living in a park; we love sharing the experience with others. It is a safe place to center, contemplate and create art.

    We want your stay to be a great experience, so we like to schedule a Zoom chat for about an hour to describe the ranch and the area, answer any questions, and get to know each other.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Guests from big cities are shocked by the big sky and open spaces and the absence of traffic. Going to town is inconvenient, so we make do with what we have. We love to learn about others and their cultures while we sit and watch the mountains, distant storms, sunrises/sunsets, or starry skies. This is a unique way of life in a quiet rural setting and I am happy to share some of my Hungarian cooking too.

  • Help


    We have many projects but are focusing on building a tree house. Your Workaway hours would be divided between chores and carpentry. Some carpentry experience is necessary, although we are happy to supervise and teach. Depending on the time of year, the chores include watering the garden, tending the chickens, and helping around the house.

    Our expectation is respect and communication for all of us. While we need to get these projects done, we also look forward to meeting and getting to know you and making this a positive exchange of cultures, experiences, and ideas.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Hungarian: Fluent
    German: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    There is a main house with extra upstairs bedrooms and we have a large room with a futon there is space for your privacy. The house is an old ranch house that we have been fixing up so that it remains quaint but comfortable. The unpredictable weather and wildlife can be viewed from a modern patio type addition with 17 windows.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We can provide transportation to and from the train and bus station in Raton, NM. We are happy to take you to town when we go. If you have your own transportation there are several state parks nearby and Capulin Mountain National Monument. The Enchanted Circle and Highway of Legends make great day trips.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We have outstanding internet, despite being in a rural area. It is fiber optic cable. We have a booster for the second building.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Lots of room to park almost any kind of vehicle. Van life folks welcome.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    15 to 20 hours per week

Host ref number: 418983382222

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